During the summers of 2008,2009,2010, and 2011 I worked at the Vali-Hi Drive In Movie Theater in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. It was the best job I ever had. Drive-In theaters are a rarity in this age. People seem content with watching movies on telephones; the experience of watching a film in a room of strangers and sharing the emotions with them is long gone. This might be a boring topic, but I thought some people might be interested in some stories. Feel free to ignore this thread.
We used to sneak in. The ticket booth was at the beginning of a long curvy drive to the parking area.
We would just drive over the grass behind the ticket booth. Eventually they fenced in the driveway.
Sort of the yesteryear equivalent to illegal downloading.
Haha people tried that when I worked there and always got caught and kicked out. Cars would pull up in front of the concession stand building and pop the trunk and 3-4 people would immediately jump out and try to act inconspicuous
Man, Drive-Ins are something that desperately need to make a comeback. They are starting to, but it’s still in its early stages.
A comeback? Not in the midwest, at least.
@Thorazie. There are a few in Illinois (where I live, and by a few I mean like maybe two), so it’s clear the idea has a mild interest. Part of me believes the simplicity and the vibe might resonate with some teenagers today, and will be a bit more refreshing and unique for them rather than sitting in a theater. They might provide mild romanticism on date nights as well.
You have no idea how lucky you are that drive-ins are actually a part (if now a very small part) of your culture. The only time I’ve been to a drive-in was on holiday in Massachusetts two years ago when I just graduated high school, and it was one of the best movie experiences of my life. I love everything about them, they just totally fascinate me.
I’m taking some of my Nigerian and Liberian co workers to see Prometheus at my old one. Interested to see what their reactions will be.
I definitely would like to go to one in Illinois, but not alone. Would like to round up maybe three or four of my buds and make it a night out. Can see it being a helluva lot of fun.
The drive-in is a blast. We have cookouts there sometimes.
Oh, how I wish many things from the seventies and eighties existed for my generation.